DogsbodyThe Dog Star, Sirius, Is Tried And Found Guilty By His Heavenly Peers For A Murder He Did Not Commit His Sentence To Live On The Planet Earth Until He Can Carry Out A Seemingly Impossible Mission The Recovery Of A Deadly Weapon Known As The Zoi The First Lesson Sirius Learns In His Lowly Earthly Form Is That Humans Have All The Power The Second Is That Even Though His Young Mistress Loves Him, She Can T Protect Either Of Them The Third And Worst Is That Someone Out There Will Do Anything To Keep Sirius From Finding The Zoi Even If It Means Destroying Earth Itself This Funny, Heartbreaking, Stunning Book Features An Introduction By Neil Gaiman, An Avid Fan Of Diana Wynne Jones A short and beautifully written story about a celestial being falsely accused of murder who is sentenced to live on earth in the body of a dog Yet this is so much than a murder mystery where the main character tries to return to his previous life It s about someone sensing for the first time the natural world around him with all of its sights and smells the latter a particularly vivd and wonderfully written Most of all its a touching story of the bond between a young girl who is mistreated by almost everyone around her and the dog who starts to wonder if going him is better than the life he has on earth Very moving, and reminds you that what you have in the here and now, no matter how simple is sometimes the best. The librarians of my childhood failed me I m sorry, there isn t a nice way to say it They let me check out armloads of Goosebumps books week after week, when just a few shelves away, there were a dozen magical, wonderful books by Diana Wynne Jones just aching to be discovered and devoured by a dork like me, who would clearly have loved them At least I was lucky enough to randomly stumble across Daniel Pinkwater on my own Of course, I can t judge the librarians too harshly The late 80s were a different time J.K Rowling had yet to light up the dollar signs in publisher s eyes, and fantasy books by authors like DWJ went in and out of print haphazardly In fact it is because of Harry Potter that I found her at all fueled by children s wizard lust, many unheralded 80s fantasy books came back into print in the late 90s so bookstores could offer alternate reading selections no, really, there is a very interesting blog post about it from a buyer at Barnes Noble here.I can still resent them though I have said this before when reviewing DWJ, but many of her books, while perfectly enjoyable for adults, are clearly meant to appeal the weirdly absorbent brains of children, who do not try to cram in a few pages of reading during their lunch breaks while letting their minds wander to unpaid bills and unfinished assignments Kids, real readers at least, hyper focus they read like the rest of the world has ceased to exist This is much, much harder to do as an adult, and does a disservice to DWJ, who focuses on character over detailed plotting and relies on her readers to fill in the gaps Invariably, I finish one of her books scratching my head a bit, but feeling like it isn t the book, it s me Does this make any sense, or am I idealizing youthful reading again I don t think I am it so explains why the epic books of my youth seem so small in the harsh light of adulthood.Dogsbody This book is hard to find these days, and has been out of print for at least 10 years I can kind of see why For one thing, the story is very strange, which makes it hard to classify, which makes it hard to sell, probably you see, there are these supernatural beings who live in control the stars and planets One of them, the Dog Star Sirius, is accused of a crime and sentenced to live out his punishment in the earthbound body of a dog He has a chance at redemption, but if he doesn t complete his mission in time, he ll die when his dog body dies There are a few other luminaries of dark purpose who wouldn t mind seeing that happen Just a warning there is a puppy drowning scene Right You can see why this one is of a hard sell post Potter than Oh yeah, Chrestomanci, these books also have a Wizard School Also, there are elements that read strangely today, to children in the U.S at least Sirius, in dog form, is taken care of by a sweet little girl named Kathy Kathy has to live with her clueless uncle and his horrid wife because her father, a member of the IRA, is in jail Kathy s Aunt Duffie and cousin treat her like dirt and she is constantly picked on by neighborhood kids because she s Irish I honestly have no idea how much of this still goes on in the U.K., but if I am any indication, American schoolchildren are taught next to nothing about Ireland s tortured political history, nor would many of them think to bother hating on a classmate for being Irish I mean, as long as you re white, right.Then there s the fact that few publishers have managed to produce cover art that isn t off putting or unspeakably childish or obtuse Which, I mean yeah It s a high bar But it s a wonderful book The creativity of the premise extends throughout, and I loved the scenes in which Sirius, in dog form, carries on snarky conversations with the sun, who gets no respect from the other luminaries, and the Earth, which is decidedly miffed about all these stars getting up in its business There s the gentle sadness in Kathy s story, and lonely kids which is most kids at one time or another will find real truth in her struggles Most of all, this is a book about animals that can talk to one another, but it is never cutesy Sirius has to work to overcome his innate dog nature, which is let s face it , dumbness and excitability I love any scene where he talks to another dog, because all they want to do is keep saying HI If you are correct in your preference for cats, this book also has excellent and dignified cats Anyone who realizes that cats aren t the villains gets a gold star.Diana Wynne Jones died last week Even though I came to her books late in life, it was a very sad author death for me It also made me stop and really consider the ending of this book, which reminds us that present pain need not be permanent, you ll find friends and family where you make them, and it s always worth holding on to hope. I first read this book when I was nine and I can t count how many times since that I ve read it Since acquiring an account though I ve been able to buy DWJ books and then managed to own my very own copy of Dogsbody I wish I could have the version of book I read as a kid though.This is the first book I could say I truly loved, adored and became obsessed with It doesn t matter how many times I ve read this, I still enjoy it each time nothing has diminished.I guess I was attracted to it because as a kid I adored dogs I was obsessed and so the cover art attracted me as well as the story If I ever do get a dog of my own, you can be sure that I will be naming it Sirius not for Sirius Black but the first Sirius I loved.I love this book Simply and utterly It is full of DWJ s magic and brilliant characters that come to life and jump off the page at you.I get lost in this book every time I read it Quite often I ve been reading away and forgot to get off the bus, off the ferry let the bus sail right past me at the stop When I read this book, the world stops Every time. I didn t find out what a dogsbody was a drudge or menial worker, in case you didn t know either until years after I d read this book, so the double meaning passed me by Sirius being in the body of a dog Sirius losing his position of power to become a humble and powerless creature Fortunately, it doesn t matter at all This is a delightful story on so many levels.Since Sirius the luminary star denizen doesn t have any idea about Earth life or humans than Sirius the abandoned puppy does, everything he learns is filtered through the dog s perceptions This is something DWJ is amazing at, being able to look at some ordinary thing like a telephone cord and describe it the way someone would who d not only never seen a telephone cord before, but didn t even understand the concept of telephones It just occurred to me that kids today might not know what a telephone cord is either Now I feel old I love working out what Sirius is seeing I also like the path Sirius takes from being an arrogant, powerful being with anger management issues to becoming someone who cares about others and puts their needs first It could all be down to how very helpless he is, even when he s a full grown dog, but I figure someone truly irredeemable wouldn t have changed no matter how helpless he became.The characterization is just superb, as usual, and once again DWJ gives us a dysfunctional family that is maybe too realistic for comfort Kathleen is the poor relation who s in the same situation Sirius is, dependent on a family in which the adults are unreliable Basil s the oldest son, kind of a jerk because he s bigger and a bully Robin s the middle child, too weak to stand up to Basil even though he likes Kathleen Mr Duffield, Kathleen s uncle, is the distant father who doesn t notice anything that isn t important to him And Duffy, his wife, is a nasty shrew whose laziness and viciousness is most obvious when she blackmails Kathleen into doing all the cooking and household chores to keep Sirius Leo, as Kathleen names him from being thrown out or killed I don t know how old Kathleen is, but she can t be older than 11, and the thought of a healthy grown woman standing by while a child struggles with responsibilities she s not ready for makes me sick One of the things I love most about this book is when Miss Smith, a kind and intelligent old lady who knows Leo is than he appears, view spoiler adopts Kathleen to get her out of the Duffields house and give her a real home I don t care that that was probably unrealistic even for 1975 I want to believe that a horrible biological family is not a life sentence hide spoiler

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed

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